Patent Number: 7,711,160

Title: Automatic optimal view determination for cardiac acquisitions

Abstract: A method, system, and apparatus of determining optimal viewing planes for cardiac image acquisition, wherein the method includes acquiring a set of sagittal, axial, and coronal images of a heart, where the axial and coronal images intersect with the sagittal image orthogonally, and where the heart has a natural axis and a left ventricle ("LV") with a bloodpool, a bloodpool border, and an apex. The method also includes making a map of the bloodpool border, and using the map to create a full coordinate frame oriented along the natural axis.

Inventors: O'Donnell; Thomas (New York, NY), Cowan; Brett (Auckland, NZ), Young; Alistair (Auckland, NZ)

Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.

International Classification: G06K 9/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/04/12018